Your second post from me about Menswear Fashion Week, and this one focuses on two of the highlights for me: XIAJ and Chic Zafari.
I can literally say I was blown away by the XIAJ collection. Design-wise, it was easily the standout of the entire event for me. I jumped on the Utica outfit because of the fabulous kilted pants. And, as for Chic Zafari; they were responsible for those black lion shoulderpads in my previous post, so you should have expected to see more from them on this blog before I was done with MWFW 2014 ;-)
This outfit is a complete mashup, as I’m rarely one to wear an entire outfit by a single designer. So, we’ll begin with an overview:
The Croco Couture Blazer is available in multiple colourways and texture options at the event (remember: MWFW closes on May 3rd, so get a move on). I plumped for this version, which has both gold and red variants.
Again, as I try to be honest here, you will notice the neckline suffers from that unhappy mesh economy-of-vertices: invisibility. It detracts somewhat, but not overmuch (and, really, it’s only visible here because I’m wearing a very short hairstyle. longer hair would cover it entirely).
And here, because they worked so well with it, are the pauldrons from the Taras set by Zibska. These are colour-change (only the pauldrons themselves, the rosettes are gold-only).
The hair is Nick, from Mr C, at the mainstore (Mr C is at MWFW, but this style isn’t there). The hair does not come with a hairbase, but you can pick some up pretty cheaply (although they are female, so the backs of them work better with long hair, but still – it’s a colour-match, right?) at the Mr C/Miss C mainstore.
Makeup! Ooh, well I just about fell over myself to buy everything by Madrid Solo at the event, and this is the eyes-only section from the My Demons set.
I’m in a KOOQLA skin again, this time the standard version of Knight.
Back to those pauldrons again. Boy, was it hard to get them all in, but I loved ’em so much that you get another shot of them ;-)
Onto the pants! As I said at the start of the post, the collection from XIAJ was stunning, but make sure you try the demos with them, as they felt slightly shape-specific to me (Skell is broad-shouldered and I had to reduce his torso muscle quite considerably, as well as bring down his butt size, but then the boy got booty, so what can I say? *g*). I had minor issues at the ankles, but those were very easily remedied by making a pair of black socks to wear underneath and tinting them exactly to match the pants. (I did also, I will say, have some horrendous lagfest-type rezzing issues with alpha layers tonight, so – again – make sure you try the demos, as you may not experience the issues I had).
And hell, for kilted pants like these? I am quite prepared to make that bit of extra effort to overcome any teeny problems. If you can’t be arsed to do that? Well then, you’ll be missing out on some amazing fashion, that’s all I can say.
And, finally, onto the footwear. Which, yes, is studded. You expected anything else?! It’s Chic Zafari again, with their Studded Velvet Sneakers. Sneakers aren’t usually in Skell’s fashion repertoire, unless he’s going full-grunge or urban, but those two magical words – studded, and velvet – were involved, so guess what? Yup; ka-ching!
Hair: Mr. C – Nick (onyx) [ djangel.fallen ]
Skin: KOOQLA – Knight (01) [ rocketta.haven ]
Slink hand and foot appliers available
Eyes: IKON – Ardent Eyes (pewter) [ ikon.innovia ]
Hands: Slink – AvEnhance Male Hands (relax) [ siddean.munro ]
Nail appliers: A:S:S – Dark Glitter [ photos.nikolaidis ]
You slide so good, with bones so fair,
You’ve got the universe reclining in your hair…